Quotable Quotes about Nursing, December 2012

New and notable quotes on nursing communities, caring for veterans, nurse practitioners, and more.

    • December 6, 2012

“While he was in a hospital, I had 24/7 access to one of Eric’s registered nurses if I had a question about anything. After he was discharged, we were on our own. We had no one to call or e-mail for support or guidance… As a patient’s wife, I would have welcomed having an RN as a point of contact. As a nursing school dean, I know the evidence demonstrating that registered nurses are critical to the operational and financial success of health-care delivery systems. Their education, knowledge, skills and competencies are as much an asset in outpatient settings as they are in hospitals. I also know that nurses have the expertise to bridge care transitions and are critical to coordinating care across all settings… When people are in hospitals, they’re sick and vulnerable. That doesn’t necessarily change on the day they’re discharged.”
-- RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, dean and professor, Jefferson School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University, The Lonely Path From Hospital to Home, Washington Post, November 26, 2012

“It has been my experience that nurses, more than other groups, seek each other out… Nurses work across the spectrum of life—from birth to death, and we are privileged to be part of people’s lives when they are the most vulnerable. This type of work is hard. Bearing witness to people's stories of pain, grief, loss and joy comes with a tremendous responsibility. Our minds, hearts and souls are impacted. We seek nourishment, rejuvenation and celebration with our community. We strive to connect with those who share these honors.”
-- RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, director of Global Nursing at Partners In Health, Stronger Together: Nursing Communities, Huffington Post, November 21, 2012

“America’s 180,000 nurse practitioners are skilled diagnosticians and clinicians… About 89 percent of them specialize in primary care areas, such as family care, women’s health and gerontology. Eighteen percent practice in rural settings, where access to quality health care is often a greater problem than in cities… Study after study confirms that patients receive good care and health care costs are lower when nurse practitioners are involved. That’s good news for patients concerned about quality and cost. But perhaps more important, it’s important news for those wondering how to manage the future of health care in the United States. Encouraging more registered nurses to pursue advanced degrees in nursing and to earn nurse practitioner certification will help to ensure that the increasing needs of patients will be met.”
-- Deborah Zbegner, director, Graduate Nursing Program, Wilkes University, Nurse Practitioners Valuable to Health Care, Times Leader, November 18, 2012

“As our wonderful soldiers and Marines are returning, many come back with health issues; therefore the demand for health care for returning vets is only going to increase, and clearly nurses are at the forefront of caring for them.”
-- Courtney Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, Nurses in Short Supply for Veterans, Pasadena Star-News, November 10, 2012

“When I think back now to my opinions of myself and my skill as [a licensed practical nurse], I cannot imagine where I would be had I decided to be satisfied with the status quo.  Today, I am pursuing a doctoral degree in health administration and expect to defend in about 15 months. My personal goal is to provide my expertise to my profession as a consultant and as a teacher for the next generation. From my personal perspective, I believe that what is missing from our profession is mentorship and support for all nurses to become lifelong learners. We need to inspire one another to develop that desire to advance knowledge, not because it is required but because patient care and quality depends on it… Education is an investment. When health care leaders begin to understand the value of lifelong learning for nurses, then dividends can be earned for the profession for years to come.”
-- Linda Dedo, RN, MSN/MHA, co-lead of the Virginia Action Coalition Education Progression Workgroup, Education Progression: We Need Mentorship and Support for all Nurses to Become Lifelong Learners, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog, November 7, 2012